By Mubarak Aliyu Kobi, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has reiterated the unwavering commitment of the present administration towards resolving the challenges bedeviling salary administration in the state’s civil service.
It also vowed to dealt with any person found in any process meant to sabotage the commitment of the present administration to tackle all bottlenecks associated with salary payment in the state.
The state governor, Senator Bala Muhammad Abdulqadir stated this while declaring open, a 2-day workshop for Commissioners, Special Advisers, and Permanent Secretaries on the use of Pay Solutions software for salary administration held at Zaranda Hotel, Bauchi.
Represented by his deputy Hon. Auwal Jatau said ghost workers and other irregularities in the salary administration have been a major issue in previous administrations, leading to a wide range of issues such as corruption and lack of motivation among civil servants, among other issues.
A press statement issued by Muslim Lawal, (anipr), Special Assistant (Media) to Bauchi State Deputy Governor, said the Deputy Governor recalled that, since coming on board in 2019, the present administration has been working tirelessly to improve the living conditions of people through execution of people’s oriented policies and programmes which cuts across all critical sectors of the state’s economy.
He said the welfare of the civil servants is also a top priority of the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed, recognizing the important role they play in the delivery of good services to the citizens and said the importance of accuracy in the payment of salary and allowances cannot be overemphasized.
He said there is the need to sanitize the Nominal Roll and Pay-Roll to get rid of ghost workers so as to make room for the government to recruit the teeming unemployed youths, implement promotions and other incentives in the system, thereby improving the human resources in the state civil service and assured that the government is committed to ensuring a transparent and fair salary administration.
Auwal Jatau therefore directed the Commissioners, Special Advisers and the Permanent Secretaries as key stakeholders in the salary administration to make good use of the workshop to acquire the knowledge and necessary skills needed to effectively use the Pay Solutions software in order for them to immediately take over the nominal roll and payroll of their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies as a way of blocking leakages.
On his part, the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Ibrahim Mohammed Kashim urged the participants as key players in the salary administration to roll out modalities of assisting the state government to end fraudulent activities in the system.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu Haruna had earlier in a welcome address, said the conduct of the workshop is part of the state government’s unwavering commitment to sanitize the salary administration for a credible and sustainable payroll system in the state.